College/Missions Ministry - April 2015

Have we told you lately how thankful we are to have a church family who loves college students? It’s so evident by the way you support our students through hospitality, encouragement, friendly hugs and meaningful conversations (and the amount of food that shows up for Big Free Lunch each month…ha!). From Sunday School teachers, to Wednesday night leaders and “adopt-a-collegestudent” adopters, you make our college students feel welcomed and part of our “Cook” family!

As this school year winds down, and we begin to focus on graduation, summer and even look ahead to next fall, Amanda and I are full of excitement! We’ve had a large group of freshmen get involved with our college ministry and along with a great group of high school seniors moving up, we’re preparing for our best college ministry year yet! If you’d like to get involved with our college ministry, we could sure use some more people to come love and serve our students! From teachers, encouragers, disciplers, adopters, and huggers….we can definitely use you!

Here’s a few college events that will be happening soon….we’d love for you to get plugged in:

  • March 30 – April 2 – Res Week activities on Tech’s campus, ending with a Lecrae concert on Thursday
  • April 5 - Easter
  • April 12 – Big Free Lunch (Adult 2 & Agape hosting)
  • April 26 – College-led evening worship service
  • May 3 – College graduate recognition service & Churchwide Potluck
  • June 1 - 5 – Vacation Bible School at Cook
  • June 6 – 13 – Anchorage, Alaska Mission Trip

We love y’all! If you have any suggestions on how we could do college ministry better, please let us know.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….”

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, and Hannah

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College/Missions Ministry - March 2015

Have I mentioned lately how blessed we are to have a church family like Cook BC? Y'all are consistently making eternal investments in the lives of young people. Just in the college ministry, you've helped us prepare food for lunches at the BCM and once a month for Big Free Lunch here at Cook....you willingly "adopt" students into your family through our "College Adopt-a-Student Program"....you sacrificially give of your time preparing to teach students in Sunday School and on Wednesday nights....you allow our students to take part in mission trips and ministry opportunities. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

As always, we're looking for individuals and couples who might be willing to invest some time into our college students by helping us as teachers during Sunday School, or as "encouragers" during our Wednesday night college Bible study/worship time at 6:00 p.m. Would you pray and see if the Lord is asking you to help in the college department?

Upcoming events:
March 1 – 7pm (after evening worship) - Pancake Supper in Cook gym
March 4 - 8 – MISSION NEW ORLEANS 2015
March 7 – 10am – Tech winter graduation at Thomas Assembly Center
March 15 – Big Free Lunch hosted by "Mosaic" SS class
April 5 – EASTER
April 12 – Big Free Lunch hosted by Adult 2 & Agape
April 26 – College-led evening worship service

Do you know a college student interested in summer or semester missions? Let them know about www.imbstudents.org. Do you have any ideas for how we could do college ministry better? We'd love to hear from you! Email me at chris@cookbc.org.
Thanks!

If you'd like to keep up with our college ministry on social media, you can find on Facebook at Cook-on-Campus/Cook Baptist Church or on Twitter @COOKonCAMPUS or on Instagram @cookoncampus.

"May the Lord bless you and keep you...." Numbers 6:24-26
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan and Hannah Walker

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2015 Mission Trips

New Orleans, LA

March 4th (Wed.) – 8th (Sunday)
Cost - $150 (due Feb. 18) – includes all meals except the 2 "on-the-road" (1 going & 1 coming); also opportunities for WW2 museum, Aquarium of the Americas, and an NBA basketball game are optional, so bring extra $$ if you'd like to do one of those.

You'll get a crash course in "urban missions" as we serve alongside some local churches and ministries in the Big Easy! Servant evangelism, prayerwalking, port ministry, women's shelter, homeless feeding, etc....

Team Leaders: Chris & Amanda Walker (chris@cookbc.org)


Anchorage, Alaska

June 6th (Saturday) – 13th (Saturday)
Cost - $900 (non-refundable deposit of $50 is due ASAP to reserve a spot
Only 15 spots available.

Alaska Missions' strategy is anchored in building relationships and meeting needs of the community. Serving. Giving. Ranging from feeding and mentoring hungry children in city parks or in bush villages, providing volunteers for signature Alaskan events, and repairing homes in villages and assisting with Native youth camps, we intend to spur restoration and revival in Alaska. Our ultimate hope is to share freedom in Christ.

Team Leaders: Chris & Amanda Walker (chris@cookbc.org)


Almaty, Kazakhstan

Dates: (Summer) 10-12 days
Cost $1300
Needing a team of 4-6 men who are knowledgeable and able to help
build a house for youth orphans. Must be skilled (or willing to learn)
in concrete, dry wall, brick/cinderblock laying....possibly some inside
finishing work, depending on when in the project the team arrives.
Team members need to be able to make adjustments and solve
problems as they encounter them. Expect none of the easy ways of
putting up houses in U.S......expect more bricks/mortar than wood
and drywall.
Team Leader: need 1 ASAP
Contact: Chris Walker (chris@cookbc.org)

 

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College Ministry - January 2015

Why short-term mission trips?

"But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8

  1. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS TEACH US TO PRAY. When you’re faithfully serving God, He puts you into situations that cause you to have to rely more heavily on him. You learn to pray – really pray – in the mission field. One of the main goals of this trip is to teach you how to recognize God’s voice and respond to it.
  2. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS EXPOSE US TO GOD’S KINGDOM. There is another reality – a spiritual reality – that we Americans and “westerners” know so very little about. We’re taught to dismiss it, to rationalize it, to explain it away. When you step into an area of the world where the poorest of the poor live, where there is a tremendous physical need and spiritual hunger, you will meet this reality.
  3. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS AID THE EFFORTS OF LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES AND MINISTRIES. “Many hands make light work.” – John Heywood. Often times encouragement and help with an overwhelming task can be one of the ways short-term trips can be a benefit to those on the field longterm.
  4. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS STRETCH US AND GET US OUT OF OUR COMFORT ZONE. It is a great opportunity to step out of your own environment and experience God at work in other cultures and contexts. It is the perfect recipe for a life changing experience.
  5. SHORT TERM MISSIONARIES OFTEN MAKE GOOD LONG-TERM MISSIONARIES! It’s amazing how the Lord will speak while we are “focused” and in a place of serving Him already. I pray the Lord will deal with your heart about possibly serving Him through career missions.
  6. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ARE A PERFECT TIME TO “BE HIS WITNESSES”. Expect every encounter to be a “divine encounter”…expect every new person that we meet to be “God sent” and learn to experience life, not as mere coincidences, but as God-ordained, God-planned, God-purposed events that happen to shape and mold us, especially on this trip.
  7. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS BUILD DEEPER RELATIONSHIPS WITH MEMBERS OF THE TEAM. Traveling together, rooming together, and serving together in a “different place” will build bonds of friendships that will last you the rest of your life.
  8. SHORT TERM MISSION TRIPS ALLOW US TO “BOLDLY DECLARE GOD’S GLORY!”, WHICH IS COOK’S MOTTO. Everything we do on this trip should be done with the intention of giving God glory through our words, actions, thoughts, prayers, free-time, etc… 1 Corinthians 10:31

In 2015, Cook Baptist Church will have several different opportunities for you to take part in a life-changing mission trip! Be on the look-out for the dates, destinations, and cost of these trips.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….”
Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, & Hannah Walker

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College Ministry - December 2014

As we approach the Christmas season, there are definitely a few things that we as a church family can do to make an impact in the college-aged community located in Tech, Grambling, and Delta Community. Here are a few ideas:

  • As a Sunday School class, put together care packages for students. Include snacks, bookmarks, a hand-written note, or simple tension relievers such as stress-squeeze balls. Let students know your church is praying for them.
  • Invite a student to share a home-cooked meal with you to get acquainted.
  • Contact the international student office or ELS Center to see if there are students who won’t be going home for Christmas. Offer hospitality — Christmas dinner, time with a church family — to them.
  • Host a gathering for your church’s college students who are back home during the Christmas holidays. Let us know, if you’d be interested in hosting something.
  • Wal-Mart gift cards are awesome gifts……with a note.
  • Invite college-aged people in the community (they are everywhere…..waiters/waitresses, cashiers at stores, gas station attendants, retail stores, etc….) to attend a Christmas event with you and your family.

Thank you for all the love shown to college students during the fall! You have generously opened your arms and homes to dozens of college students. Big Free Lunches have been HUGE!!....and of course the food is amazing! Thank you for being a church who loves college students!

This spring, our college group will be participating in “MISSION New Orleans” from March 4-8. If you’d like to help with our mission trip, or maybe have an idea of how our college group can make an impact in New Orleans during this week, please let me know!

We love our church family! Blessed to be doing ministry alongside each one of you!

“May the Lord bless you and keep you….” Numbers 6:24-26

Chris, Amanda, Makaylan, & Hannah Walker

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